Greens Councillor Murray Matson has submitted a motion to Randwick Council several weeks ago reminding new Premier Gladys Berejiklian that Randwick’s preferred option had always been to stand alone.
The motion will go to the next Council meeting. Councillor Matson stated:
“If the Premier is to negotiate with the Nationals then it is only fair that the Randwick mergers are also re-examined . The preferred position of all Randwick Councillors is that Randwick is financially sustainable enough to stand alone.”
Randwick Council stated in its submission to the Boundaries Commission on the proposed merger with Waverley and Woollahra Council’s that it’s community’s preferred position was not to merge.
“Randwick City Council is fit and sustainable for the future and our community and Council would prefer to remain as a stand-alone entity. Despite Randwick City Council’s strong performance, the NSW Government has consistently indicated that ‘no change is not an option’.” (Randwick City Council Submission – NSW Government Merger Proposal: Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra Councils, February 2016, page 11)
TEXT OF COUINCILLOR MATSON’S MOTION
That Council responds to media reports that suggest the new NSW Premier is “open to discussions with the nationals who are pushing to halt further amalgamations” by contacting her to:
- Remind her that our submission to the Boundaries Commission inquiry on the proposed of Randwick with Waverley, Woollahara Councils noted that our community’s preferred position was not to merge; and
- Formerly ask whether the Government’s reported willingness to negotiate with the Nationals over opposition to mergers now means that its previous position in its Fit For the Future program that ‘no change is not an option’ now no longer applies to urban based Councils.